The Effect of Varying Short Message Service (SMS) Intervention for Promoting Safe Sex Among Army Conscripts in Lopburi Army Area

Abstract

At present, sexual risk behavior is threatening the health status of the Thai population and undermining quality of life of the population all ages. This study examined the effectiveness of self-regulation and mobile phone SMS intervention to promote safe sex among army conscripts in a central province, Thailand. Conscripts (n=192) were recruited by multi-stage sampling and stratified into 3 groups: 1-way SMS, 2-way SMS and a control group. Data were collected at baseline, 1, 3 and 6 months after intervention. Repeated measurement ANOVA was used to statistically compare significant differences of theoretical variables and safe sex practices between 3 groups overtime, while all theoretical variables were significantly different among 3 groups (p<.05), overtime, safe sex with condom use, abstinence from alcohol drinking before or during sex were not different between 1-way and 2-way SMS group (p >.05). The study showed the benefits of SMS intervention in promoting safer sex practices either 1-way or 2-way SMS, but a strengthening program for safer sex behavior is required for creating a safe sex behavior among army conscripts.



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Piyarat Eaimkhong, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Usaneya Perngparn, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ACP2016
Stream: Linguistics, Language & Psychology/Behavioral Science

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